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A Brief Guide to the Replica Motor Vehicle Exemption to Federal Safety Standards in the Face of Implementation Delays

by Buchalter on

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards normally prohibit a person from selling any motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment that does not comply with federal motor laws, including EPA emissions standards and FMVSS safety...more

Cooperative Success in Changing the Autonomous Vehicle Legal Landscape

Rumors flew as early as 2016 that Kitty Hawk, a three-year-old corporation backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, had entered the autonomous aerial vehicle space. This March, the world learned that the mysterious flying...more

This Week in Congress: May 2018 #2

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The Senate convenes today at 3 p.m. The House returns Tuesday at noon. House - Farm Bill. The 2018 farm bill (H.R. 2) may land on the House floor for debate as early as Wednesday, May 16. ...more

Current State of Autonomous and Connected Vehicles

by Dickinson Wright on

All manner of news reports about autonomous vehicle (AV) and connected vehicle technologies have become ubiquitous. Reports about Silicon Valley upstarts Uber, Tesla and Waymo draw particular attention, some favorable (Waymo...more

Truly Driverless Cars: California’s New Rules Permit Testing Without Drivers

by Morgan Lewis on

California was one of the first states to allow autonomous vehicles (self-driving cars) to be tested on public roads. On April 2, 2018, the state began allowing self-driving cars without a driver in the vehicle to be tested...more

Future of the Automotive Sector in Europe, China and the United States

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Given the pace of change in the automotive industry and related technologies, combined with increasing regulatory scrutiny, what risks and challenges can the global automotive industry expect to deal with in 2018 and beyond...more

EPA Rolls Back Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for Auto Industry

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Trump Administration has taken steps to roll back Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions standards applicable to most automobiles in the United States. On April 2nd Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt...more

What's New In Washington - April 2018

Congress returned from its spring recess with a host of issues to address—trade, Trump administration nominations and opioid legislation sitting atop the priority list. Given the ongoing data scandal at Facebook, privacy...more

Autonomous Vehicle Updates from California Congress and NHTSA

California: The California Department of Motor Vehicles has released final regulations governing the testing and deployment of SAE Level 4 and 5 vehicles on the Golden State's public roads. ...more

Self-Driving Uber Fatality Could Complicate Regulations

by Dechert LLP on

A self-driving car operated by Uber Technologies Inc. (Uber) struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona last month. The incident has led policymakers to revisit concerns over autonomous vehicle (AV) regulations where...more

Self Driving Cars and Personal Injury Law: What You Need to Know

by The Roth Firm on

New Legislation Regarding Self-Driving Cars - A Vision for Safety 2.0 - Federal Automated Vehicles Policy - SELF Driving Act - American Vision for Safer Transportation Through Advancement of Revolutionary Technology Act (AV...more

Roads of the Future Today

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Across the nation, companies from Waymo and Uber to General Motors, Ford and Audi are putting self-driving vehicles to real-world road tests – with more than 40 companies testing on California roads alone. Originally...more

Overview of California’s Final Autonomous Vehicle Testing and Deployment Regulations – Fully Driverless Vehicles Permitted

• California’s new regulations lay out the requirements for manufacturers to obtain permits to test and deploy autonomous-vehicles on public roads. The regulations enable manufacturers to test fully driverless vehicles and...more

Managing Warranty, Regulatory, and Commercial Litigation Risks

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Elevated warranty expenses for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are expected to continue in 2018, and automotive suppliers can expect to continue paying a greater per-vehicle share of these expenses. Because OEM...more

NHTSA and Motor Vehicle Safety

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The closing years of the Obama administration saw a whirlwind of regulatory activity from NHTSA, including multiple consent orders, record penalties, and soaring recall numbers. The more aggressive enforcement posture, hailed...more

My Car Made Me Do It: Tales from a Telematics Trial

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Recently, my automobile insurance company gauged my interest in saving up to 20% on insurance premiums. The catch? For three months, I would be required to install a plug-in monitor that collected extensive metadata—average...more

FTC Staff Issues Comments Discussing Key Security and Privacy Issues Surrounding Connected and Automated Vehicles

by Orrick - Trust Anchor on

Given the explosive growth in the connectivity of every day “things,” several government agencies are focused on how best to support innovation and the benefits of an increasingly connected, data driven society, while...more

Foley’s 2017 Connected Cars & Autonomous Vehicles Survey - Part 1

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

We’re in the midst of a rapid evolution not only in the way drivers operate their vehicles, but also in the operations, compliance, go-to-market strategy and cyber preparedness of the entire automotive industry. More than 70...more

Legal Considerations for Ridesharing Companies in the Autonomous Vehicle Industry

While autonomous vehicles are still in the testing phase, more than 260 companies vie for Venture Capital funding as they drive the industry toward commercialization. Car manufacturers, technology companies, and ridesharing...more

Transportation Developments in Year 1 of the Trump Administration - President Touts New $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Plan; A...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In January 2017, Holland & Knight Transportation & Infrastructure lawyers and senior advisors prepared 20 posts for the 20 days leading to President Donald Trump's inauguration regarding what to expect from the Trump...more

Potholes Ahead for Marijuana-Impaired Driving Regulation

by Wilson Elser on

Despite the federal Schedule I status of cannabis, more and more states are legalizing marijuana in some form. The nationwide increase in cannabis use means a rise in the number of cannabis-impaired drivers....more

A Look Ahead at Privacy and Data Security in 2018

2018 promises to be an interesting year in the world of privacy and cybersecurity. In this article, we highlight a few of the most notable developments we expect this year, including major developments in Europe, changes and...more

USDOT Seeks Comment on Removing Regulatory Barriers to Autonomous Vehicles

by Perkins Coie on

Last week, three U.S. Department of Transportation agencies issued requests for comment on ways to update federal regulations and policies to allow for the safe testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles (AVs): The...more

How would a Government Shut-Down Impact the Department of Transportation?

by Nossaman LLP on

A government shut down arises when Congress fails to pass an appropriations act that enables federal agencies to spend. There should be separate appropriations acts for groups of agencies. However, in recent years, Congress...more

Top Legal Issues Facing the Automotive Industry in 2018

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Foley’s Automotive Industry Team has prepared this report examining what the litigation, enforcement and regulatory landscape is likely to look like in 2018 and beyond. Inside, you will learn about: Managing warranty,...more

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